Designer toys are collectible art objects that are usually made of vinyl, resin, wood, metal or other materials. They are often produced in limited editions and sold at specialty stores, online platforms or art galleries. Designer toys are also known as art toys, urban vinyl, or lowbrow art.
There are different types of designer toys, each with its own style, aesthetic and appeal. Some of the most common types are:
Blind box toys
These are small figures that come in sealed packages, so the buyer does not know what they will get until they open it. Blind box toys are popular because they create a sense of mystery and excitement, and encourage collectors to trade or buy more to complete a set. Some examples of blind box toys are Kidrobot’s Dunny and Munny series, Tokidoki’s Unicorno and Cactus Friends, and Funko’s Pop! Vinyl figures.
These are soft and cuddly toys that are usually made of fabric, fur, or felt. Plush toys can be realistic or stylized, and often have cute or humorous features. Plush toys appeal to collectors who like to hug or display their toys. Some examples of plush toys are Uglydolls by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, Gloomy Bear by Mori Chack, and Noodoll by YiYing Wang.
Designer action figures
These are articulated toys that can be posed in different ways. Designer action figures are usually inspired by pop culture icons, such as superheroes, movie characters, or celebrities. Designer action figures appeal to collectors who like to play with or customize their toys. Some examples of designer action figures are Medicom Toy’s Be@rbrick and Kubrick series, Hot Toys’ Movie Masterpiece series, and Sideshow Collectibles’ Premium Format Figures.
These are large-scale or high-end toys that are more like sculptures than toys. Art sculptures are often made of resin, wood, metal or other materials, and have intricate details and craftsmanship. Art sculptures appeal to collectors who appreciate the artistic value and rarity of their toys. Some examples of art sculptures are KAWS’ Companion series, Michael Lau’s Gardener series, and Coarse’s Omen series.
Designer toys are a fascinating and diverse form of art that can express the creativity and personality of both the artists and the collectors. They can also be a fun and rewarding hobby for anyone who loves art and design.
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